Every year, 26,000 babies are stillborn in America. In 2003, one of them was my son.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The House I Keep

Jhene Erwin, writer/director/producer/actor, wrote and filmed a short movie, "The House I Keep," about overcoming the loss of a child to stillbirth or miscarriage. In her particular case, she lost two children to miscarriage. Trying to heal after those experiences led her to create "The House I Keep."

At The Gates Foundation blog, Jhene writes of trying to overcome the tension between grief and the outward, socially expected appearance of "normal." When there is no such thing as normal. She talks also about the stigma of losing a child, the very necessary work of talking about our lost children, of allowing women and men the space to grieve. To know that we did nothing wrong. To know that our babies are not forgotten.

Talking about our babies heals. Not ignoring them.

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